Beavers fall to No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, 4-2

October 08, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
#5 Minnesota Duluth1214
#15 Bemidji State1102
Scoring Summary
105:11BSUMartin, Eric (Somoza, Ethan )
109:38UMDLoheit, Luke (Gallatin, Owen , Loney, Carter)
201:04UMDCates, Noah (Roth, Kobe )
204:52BSUZmolek, Will (Sillinger, Lukas , Sillinger, Owen)
208:01UMDOlson, Quinn (Biondi, Blake , Kelley, Connor)
319:02.8UMDBender, Koby
Shootout Summary
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
UMDStejskal, Zach60:002018
UMDPatt, Ben00:00000
UMDFanti, Ryan00:00000
BSUEnright, Gavin00:00000
BSUSholl, Mattias00:00000
BSUCarr, Michael58:323026
Statistical ComparisonUMDBSU
Shots on Goal3020
Power Plays1-40-3
Beavers fall to No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, 4-2
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Beavers fall to No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, 4-2

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- After more than 570 days of uncertainty and empty arenas, the Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team was back at Sanford Center Friday. More 3,400 fans were in attendance to see the Beavers open the 2021-22 season with a nonconference contest versus University of Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs got the best of the Beavers in a clash of top-15 teams, using goals from four different players to open the home-and-home series with a 4-2 victory.

Five different BSU players factored in on the scoring, while Michael Carr made his second collegiate start and matched a career-high 26 saves in the loss.

The Beavers were buzzing from the drop of the puck and caught the visiting Bulldogs on their heels. Sophomore Eric Martin put BSU in the lead just five minutes into play. UMD goaltender, Zach Stejskol played the puck off the end wall to the stick of BSU captain Ethan Somoza in the corner. The Simi Valley, Calif. native found Martin in the slot and the sophomore wasted no time lighting the lamp.

UMD battled back to even the score less than five minutes later. With Elias Rosén in the penalty box, the Bulldogs used a Luke Loheit goal to capitalize on their first power-play chance of the night. 

Despite BSU taking a major penalty late in the first period, the teams opened the second with the score locked 1-1, but the tie lasted only 1:04 into the frame. Noah Cates netted UMD's second goal of the evening.

At the 15:08 mark of the second, BSU charged back to tie the score on a Will Zmolek tally. Owen and Lukas Sillinger set the defender up for his first collegiate goal from just inside the blue line.

Before the midway point of the game, Minnesota Duluth would take the lead for good when Connor Keeley and Blake Biondi found Quinn Olson.

Playing with 3-2 lead to open the third period the Bulldogs settled in. With time running out, BSU Head Coach Tom Serratore elected to pull Carr to attempt to generate offence with a little over one minute to play and the Bulldogs made them pay. Koby Bender stepped into a passing lane, picked off a pass, and slid in his first goal of the year from just inside the blue line.

UMD held an edge in special-teams play and that figured to be the different. The Bulldogs finished the game going 1-for-4 on the man advantage and held BSU without a goal in three opportunities.

The Beavers will look to even their record at 1-1-0 tomorrow when the teams go head-to-head to wrap up the nonconference series. Opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m. from AMSOIL Arena.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, respectively, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.